Big Blind Ray - Vocals, Harmonica Cameron Kinsey - Guitar, Backing Vocals Serg Coniglione - Bass Lauren Benson - Drums
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Big Blind Ray is a blues singer, song writer and harmonica player. Together with The Good Time Rhythm n Blues Band, he pays homage to the sounds and grooves of rural and urban American bluesmen, performing with a fresh, raw energy and unique style.
Having started out in the music scene as reviewer, interviewer and programmer on community radio in his late teens, Ray’s passion for music eventually found expression when he bought his first harmonica at 19 years of age.
As a newcomer to the scene, Ray spent much time being taught and mentored by Sydney blues piano player, Bridie King. He continued his studies in music performance and theory at Ultimo Tafe.
Since then some highlights have included performing with Simon Meli (Widowbirds), C.W. Stoneking, Sarah McCloud (Superjesus), Jeff Martin (Tea Party) and The Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.
Ray launched his debut L.P. “Big Blind Ray Trio” in September 2013, which debuted at #4 on The Australian Blues and Roots Airplay Chart, with regular airplay and nationwide support via community radio.
Ray founded the Australian Harmonica Player Network in 2012, a not for profit organisation dedicated to raising the profile of harmonica in Australia. When not gigging, Ray teaches harmonica to private students.
“Big Blind” Ray Lechminka is one of the towering characters of the Sydney blues and roots scene. His larger-than-life presence – both physically and musically – is reminiscent of a time when giants such as Howlin’ Wolf and Sonny Boy Williamson roamed the earth, blowing down tall trees and even taller women with a mighty blast from a Marine Band blues-harp.
Big Blind Ray may not quite yet be of that immortal stature, but I for one would not want to be in his path when he blows his harmonica, son."
- John Hardaker, The Orange Press
" Big Blind Ray is the real deal. With solid harp chops and a huge voice, joined by a tight rhythm section, he is definitely the next generation of future standout Bluesmen."
- Christian Tryhorn, Transvaal Diamond Syndicate